The 10,000 hour rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success, originated from studies conducted by K. Anders Ericsson, a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University recognized as one the world's leading researchers on expertise. Ericsson's research found that for people to reach the pinnacle of their careers they spend around 10,000 hours over 10 years deliberately practicing their skills. Josh Kaufman, author and business advisor, argues that we put the 10,000 hour rule through "a society wide game of telephone" and over time it morphed into it takes 10,000 hours to master skills to it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something. Kaufman contends that to get good at something it should only take 20 hours of focused practice. In other words, if your learners practice a particular skill each day for 40 minutes over the course of a month, then by the end of the month they should be pretty good at that skill. To ensure 20 hours of focused practice, Kaufman prescribes five steps. We took the five step formula and created a worksheet you can use to put the 20 hour rule into practice on ApprenNet.
Forget the 10,000 Hour Rule
Feb 16, 2015